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Outer Banks Paddleboard Eco Tour

    What to Expect
    The SUP Eco Tour meets at this centrally located shop in Nags Head. Bring your voucher and ID inside and check in with the friendly staff, who will introduce you to your guide.  After meeting your guide(s), he or she will select the proper surfboards for you, your friends and your family that is in your Tour with you. After loading up the truck with all of your gear, you will follow your guide, caravan style to the Eco Tour location

    Once at the site, your guide will give you an overview of the Eco Tour. He or she will lead you through the surf school's "Practice Safe SUP" safety protocols, help you loosen up with some stretching exercises, and give a demonstration of proper paddling and standing up techniques. After the demonstration, it will be your turn to demonstrate your skills for theguide, who will offer tips and pointers to help you through the process. At this point, it time to head into the water!

    One of the most popular destinations for the ECO Tour is the Roanoke Island Festival Park Tour.  This tour starts in the north end of Shallowbag Bay, in the heart of "downtown" Manteo at the Manteo Mariner's Museum.  The Tour takes you south, directly next to the famous "Marsh's Light" lighthouse and then bends around the lighthouse west and north into Dough Creek.  Immediately to your left will be Manteo Waterfont Marina, and across the creek is Elizabeth II, a perfect replica of one of the 7 merchant vessels which landed in coastal North Carolina in 1585 and founded the ill fated "Lost Colony".  You are paddling in those historical waters.  As you paddle north deeper into the creek, you have the opportunity to see Osprey's, turtles, fish, crabs, rays and more.  Once you reach the marshy edge of the creek, paddlers will head east into the sound using a cut through the marsh.  Once in the sound, paddlers will turn back south, head around Roanoke Island Festival Park and back towards Marsh's Light and the entry/exit point of the tour.

    Over all, expect an hour and a half of paddling, and about a half an hour of driving.  Bring plenty of sunblock, a water bottle and a sun hat.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Farmdog Surf School LLC
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • All activities
    • Professional guide
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • It is recommended to bring appropriate swimming wear such as your bathing suite, towel and sunscreen
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I would definitely recommend Farmdog for paddle board lesson/eco tour. They took my last minute request and got me a lesson the next day. I had never paddle boarded and the instructor was knowledgeable and patient.
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    Response from Hannah B, Manager at Outer Banks Paddleboard Eco Tour
    Responded Jul. 2, 2019
    Thanks for booking with us and we are really glad you enjoyed your SUP lesson.
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    About the operator

    This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

    By: Farmdog Surf School
    88 reviews
    Staten Island, NY Native
    Not much to say
    except the booking process was easy, the bikes were delivered on time and in excellent condition. I guess they
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    Bill D
    First time surfing, now I'm hooked
    I have always wanted to try surfing but being from Pittsburgh, PA the only time I'm near waves is on vacation. At
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    Mary Pat M
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Great Service!
    Our tent and six chairs were set up every morning before 6:30 AM and disappeared each evening. The service was
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    Michael S
    Chantilly, Virginia
    Wish I Could Give Them a Six
    Perfect service. Exactly as stated. Cabana and chairs were up by 6:30 am, ready and waiting for us. Communication
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    Beach Cabana and Chair Set Up Service was awesome!
    Our family rented one of the 10'x10' tents with 6 chair sets and couldn't have been happier. Every morning the
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    Beach Chairs and Umbrella Rental
    Hands down the best money I ever spend on a vacation. We rented 3 chairs and a big beach umbrella for about $60. I
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    susan c
    Cabana Service
    OBX Shade (parent company Farm Dog Surf School) provided excellent service for our week at the outer banks. Our
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    Gulf Breeze, Florida
    Great family adventure
    We booked a class for five adults, we had instructors Em and Jason both were very patient with all of us.. great
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    Excellent SUP Guide
    Did SUP class 2 mornings through Farmdog. Guide Billy Moseley was excellent. Full of knowledge about paddling and
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    Perfect morning in the surf
    My daughter and I had a great time catching some waves while being taught by Carl our instructor. This was our
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    Great Experience
    The entire staff was extremely friendly, from the individual booking the lesson to all the instructors. Was an
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    Stacy F
    Private surfing lessons
    We have been booking surfing lessons with Farmdog for the past 4 years each time we come here for our vacation.
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    Kids voted it the highlight of our trip
    My sons ages 7, 9 and 9 did five lessons during our three week OBX stay. They loved the first day - all three
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    Bill R
    Randolph, New Jersey
    Excellent Tent/Cabana Service Puts You on the Beach Every Day
    Tent? Cabana? No matter what you call it, Farmdog's service is FANTASTIC. After years of lugging umbrellas and,
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    Jefferson M
    Excellent Surf School
    Booked last minute surf lessons for my family and they quickly accommodated. Lessons were excellent and
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